O blessed Light from heaven

O blessed Light from heaven

Author: C. K. Solberg
Tune: TOURS
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1 O Blessed Light from heaven,
Shine forth into my soul!
Dispel the innate darkness
That would my heart control!
Without Thee I am groping
And should forever stray,
For Thou alone canst save me
And safely lead the way.

2 Without Thee, precious Savior,
There is eternal night,
I cannot live without Thee,
Make me a child of light;
Let nothing come between us,
But keep me ever Thine;
Upon my lifelong journey
Shine in this heart of mine!

3 And may Thy light within me
Again reflected be,
That I may shine for others
And lead some soul to Thee.
So many are benighted
In ignorance and sin,
Who daily are refusing
To let Thy sunshine in.

4 Lord, keep me ever faithful
To let my light so shine
That I may be a blessing,
And all the glory Thine!
And when my days are numbered,
Then sainted by Thy grace,
Forever in Thy glory
May I behold Thy face.

Amen.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #205

Author: C. K. Solberg

Solberg, Cark K. (Rushford, Minnesota, June 2, 1872--June 15, 1954). Lutheran. St. Olaf College, B.A. Graduate of Norwegian Lutheran Seminary. Ordained in 1900. Pastorates at Vermillion and Yankton, South Dakota, 1900-1906; Chicago, Illinois, 1906-1911; Minneapolis, Minn., 1911-1918. Evangelist for the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1937-1935 [sic]. Author of several books and many hymns in Norwegian and English. --J. Irving Erickson, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

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First Line: O blessed Light from heaven
Author: C. K. Solberg

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TOURS

The tune was named after its composer and published in the British volume The Hymnary (1872). TOURS has four broad phrases. Its repetitions of melodic and rhythmic units make it accessible and loved. The harmony suggests a stately tempo. Berthold Tours (b. Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1838; d. Fulham…

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